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DONATIONS OF GOODS.
ed, having been materially aided by of Scripture were read by Mr. E. the persevering efforts of the students Lincoln. 5. Serinon by Rev. Mr. from the Institution at Newton. Knowles, from Jude 3, Contend earn.
A pleasing prospect of promoting the estly for the faith once delivered to the interests of evangelical truth, excited saints. 6. Singing. 7. Right hand of efforts to erect a place of worship, fellowship to the church by Rev. Mr. which has been effected by the Jacobs. 8. Dedicatory prayer by friends in Watertown, assisted by be- Rev. J. Grafton. 9. Singing. 10. nevolent individuals in Boston, Cam- Charge to the Pastor, by Prof. Chase. bridge, and other places in the vicinity. 11. Right hand of Fellowship by Rev. A most commodious and neat edifice E. Nelson. 12. Singing. 13. Prayer by has been completed, in a central situ. Rey. Mr. Malcom. 14. Anthem. ation, with a basement story for a lecture room and vestries, a handsoine tower and cupola, and 72 pews.
To our friends who have contributed clothing,
and other articles for our missionary stations, and On the morning of the 19th, a coun.
who may be desirous to of their reception, cil was convened, consisting of pastors
we are happy to state that the following boxes
have been received and forwarded: and delegates from the churches in
TO THE SAULT DE ST. MARIE. the vicinity, who examined the pro. Under the superintendence of the Rev. Abel
Bingham. ceedings of the brethren, their letters 2 boxes of Goods from Vt. State Con. per. of dismission, and the views of the 1 box do. froin Rutland Aus. to same, not
John Billings, Treas. invoiced at 879,27 gospel which they professed.
estimated, but probably worth 20,00
1 bundle do. from Andover Aux. to same, The number associated was nearly invoiced at
6,69 50, dismissed principally from the 1 box do. from P. Brown, Treas. of N. H.
State Con. invoiced at churches in Newton and Cambridge. 1 Quilt, and 3 pieces of Aannel, from Mr. Cordially approbating the measures
Millikin, of Mt. Desert, not estimated, probably worth
10,00 which had been pursued, it was unan
4 bundles from Worcester Co. Char. Soc.
per 0. Convers, Treas, not est. say 50,00 imously resolved publicly to express 1 box from Dublin, N. H. do. do. 13,51 to them the fellowship of the churches.
8175,00 Rev. Peter Chase, having been in TO THE THOMAS STATION. vited to become the pastor of the church, 1 box from Townsend, Mass. est
. at. Under the superintendance of Mr. L. Slater.
20,00 stated his Christian experience, his ex from 0. Convers, Treas.of Worcester
Co. Char. Soc. est.
36,37 ercises in relation to the niinistry, and 1 from Cornish, per P. Browo, Treas. his views of gospel doctrine and church
N. H. State Con.
5,50 from Goshen, hy same,
19,56 order, wbich were listened to with from Bridport, Vt. same,
from Gosheni, much interest; and the council voted to
from female Soc. Cummington, N. H. 15,33 recognize him as pastor of the church, ! from Goshen, no invoice, est. 30,00
1 bundle from do. not est. say by the usual services of installation. 1 box from – per L. & Edmands, no inv. say 50,00 At 2 o'clock, P. M. the public ser
from Westford, per I. Chase, Treas.
Crittenden & Franklintou Soc. Aux. to vices were attended at the Meeting Ver. State Convention,
103,00 House, and the crowded audience
$300,00 constituted a solid column. Though TO THE VALLEY TOWNS STATION. the meeting was necessarily protrac. i bbl. Goods from Southbridge, Mass. inv. 41,64
Under the superintendance of Rev. Evan Jones. ted beyond the usual hour, and great 2 boxes from Middleborough,
1 box from Woburn, Mass. probably worth 25,00 numbers were standing, yet a listening S bundles from Worcester Co. Char. Soc. and interested attention was very ap
per 0. Convers, Treas. prob. worth 10,95
1 box from Beverly, per P. Brown, Treas. of parent through all the services.
N. H. State Con. probably worth 20,00 The meeting commenced with an
1 box from Young Ladies Indus. Soc. of W.
10,34 anthem. 2. Prayer by Rev. E. Wil- 1 box from Royalston, Wor.Co. Mass. inv. 11,72 liams. 3. Singing. 4. Select portions
Account of Moneys recceived by the Treasurer of the General Convention nf
the Baptist Denomination in the United States, for Foreign Missions, from June 24, to Aug. 23, 1830.
Contribution by a friend, of Boston, per
1,00 Received of Miss Helen Tracy, Treas. of the
Bengal Christian School Society, for the use, or to aid the female schools in Calcutta, being a donation from an association of Ladies in Newburyport, of different denominations,
20,50 Collection taken at Chester, Mass. by Rev.
D. W. Elmore, for general purposes of the
2,10 Received of Mr. James Holman, Sec. of
the St. John Bap. For. Miss. Soc. per
59,00 Cumberland Bap. Miss. Soc.
23,75 Friends in Sackville, sent by Mr.
Charles Tupper, of Amherst,
by hand of Mr. C. Gibb, Bur. miss. 3,50 or Mrs. Helen Tracy, for female schools, Calcutta,
,50 Mrs. E. Willard, Sec. of the Providence
Fem. Miss. Soc. towards the support of
101,00 From child of Mr. Edward Lothrop, 2,00 Young Ladies' Judson Soc. Cambridge, for Mrs. Wade's school,
30,00 Friend of Missions, by hand of L. Farwell, Esq:
25,00 H. B. Rounds, Esq. Treas. Utica Foreign
Miss. Soc. viz.
Soc. for promoting Female
50,00 Rev. H. J. Ripley, from Sunbury, Geo.
Fem.Cent Soc. for Mrs. Wade's school, 50,00 A friend to Foreign missions,
1,00 Sabhath School, No. 13, of the Baptist
Oliver-St. Church, N. Y. for the edu-
10,00 From Mrs. Watkins, From Mrs. Wells,
6,00 or Miss T. Rogers, Treas. of the Carey
Soc. of the First Bap. Ch. in Boston,
20,00 For Bur. mission, from the Bap. church
in Charleston, S. C. it being a collec-
35,75 Reuben M. Garrell of New Town, King
and Queen's Co. Va. collected by him
to aid in printing the Bible in Burmah, 10,00 C. Megregory, North Leverett, for print
ing the Bible in Burmah, having been
collected as follows, viz. Dr. J. Rice, of N. Leverett, 1,00
Mrs. L. Megregory,
1,00 Two friends, 50 cts. each,
8,00 From the Baptist church in Bangor, Me.
collected at the monthly concert of
Clark, Treas. of the church,
Soc. of the South Bap. Ch. for For.
50,00 Collected at Rev. Mr. Knowles' meeting.
house, Boston, at the designation of
aries to Burmah, by Dea. S. Beal, 108,70 Guy Turner, Esq. Chesterfield, Ct. 3,00 Mrs. Turner, as above,
1,50 Mrs. S. B. Palmer, from Bap. praf.
ing circle, Norwich, Con. 5,50 Mr. Edward Stillman, Meriden, Ct. ,25 Mrs. Deborah Kimball in behalf of
herself and other ladies in Low-
20,00 Dea. A. Rugg, Lowell,
1,00 Dea. Mason, do.
3,00 Two female friends,
34,62 From a lady, per Rev. Dr. Sharp, for
Burman female to bear the name of
, of the city of Hudson,
of Moung Ing, a native preacher in
Burmah, per Dea. W. Colgate,
the Burman Bible,
Bible, per Dea. J. A. Waterbury,
50,00 Dea. Hiram Mason, of Craftsbury, Vt. per
Rev. S. Davison, for Burman mission, 10,00
Read, Esq. Treas. for the following
purposes, viz. Rock Spring School,
,50 Indian Missions in United States, ,50 Printing Scriptures in Burmali,
Do. Tracts, do. School in Maulmein,
10,05 Sault de St. Marie,
1,00 General Purposes,
477,75 H. LINCOLN, Treas.
The Review of Morris's Memoir of Fuller, came too late for insertion. It will appear next month.
IT was a declaration of the Messiah to his disciples, “ Ye are the light of the world.” The declaration evidently respects moral character. And being expressed in general terms, it implies that a knowledge of divine truth, and a moral purity, which are compared to light, are essential to the character of every true disciple of Christ. It hence follows that no external circumstances can extinguish the moral light of those who are heirs to the unfading inheritance; that every true Christian, however deep the moral and intellectual darkness which envelopes the world around him, will himself distinguish the essential truths of the gospel, and feel their influence upon his heart.
We are not then, as some have supposed, to look for an improved edition of Christian doctrine at every step in the advancement of literature and science. We must expect to find true Christians, as the light of the world, in all ages, embracing essentially the same doctrines, and cherishing the same purifying hope.
It is gratifying to observe that the facts developed by history, accord with this unavoidable inference from the declaration of the Saviour. It is pleasant to know that even in times when it seemed as if truth and righteousness had forever deserted the abodes of man,-when crime, and ignorance, and merciless barbarity, covered every spot of earth in one cloud of fearful blackness,—there were some who bore upon their souls the lovely impress of the Eternal Spirit; some whose purity of life, and unbending adherence to principle, marked them as “the salt of the earth ;” and that all these adopted essentially the same views of the distinguishing features of the gospel.
Of this number was John de WYCLIFFE.
Appearing in an age of unparalleled corruption, he shone indeed as a light " in the midst of a crooked and perverse" generation. Oct. 1830.
He was born at Wycliffe, in Yorkshire, England, about the year 1324, nearly two centuries before the great reformation in Germany, under the labors of Luther.
At this period the Papal power was at its height. The bishops of Rome had been gradually rising in their pretensions and authority, until, as Popes, they claimed to be the infallible successors of St. Peter; and wielded a mightier temporal power than did the proudest of the Cæsars, when Rome boasted herself mis tress of the world. Throughout nominally Christian Europe, so completely were the souls and bodies of men chained down by this galling despotism, that few dared to move or even think, without the perinission of their ecclesiastical superiors. And no Christian prince might venture to question the authority of the Roman pontiff, without hazarding his throne, and attracting the superstitious and affrighted gaze of the populace, who would regard him as engaged in fearful rebellion against the mandates of Hearen.
Roman Catholic writers themselves acknowledge that all orders of the priesthood, from the Pope to the begging friar in rags, were stained with every species of pollution and vice. "The souls of men' were made the objects of traffic;" and licenses to perpetrate crime were bought and sold, like the common necessaries of life, by those who claimed to be the ministers of Christ.
Under such a blighting influence, need we wonder that the simple truths of the gospel were forgotten ? that godliness was supplanted by corruption and crime? that the scattered remnant of the faithful sent up to heaven the bitter lamentation, “ Judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeih afar off; for truth is fallen in the street ?”
In the very midst of this moral pestilence, Wycliffe sprung up, as from the regions of the dead, in the full vigor of life and strength, and stood forth as the unyielding champion of truth. Yet few hare properly investigated his labors, or done justice to his memory. His name is seldom mentioned in connection with those of Luther, Melancthon, and Calvin; and until very recently his character seems to have been but imperfectly understood.
A variety of circumstances have contributed to this ignorance of his merits.
The emissaries of papal power, either during his life, or shortly after his death, committed to the flames every copy of his numerous works, which their eagle-eyed vigilance could discover. While the remainder, in consequence of the persecution of his early followers, were doomed to comparative obscurity. Nor have there been any religious institutions or bodies of men to refer to him as their founder, and transmit his name to posterity. But there is yet another circumstance which is probably the principal cause of this neglect.
The immediate results of his labors were less conspicuous than those effected by the great reformers of a subsequent age. While we have before us a statement of one of his inveterate enemies, that “more than one half of the people of England in a few years” embraced the sentiments of Wycliffe, we should indeed be unwilling to say with a late writer that his efforts wanted immediate and
general success. Still, however, the visible effects of his labors were far less adapted to attract the notice, and fix the attention of the world, than those which immediately resulted froin the efforts of Luther. Though he did not completely break up, he yet disturbed the death-like slumber, which had been deepening frorn by-gone generations. He seems to have possessed those same comprehen, sive and enlightened views, that stern decision, and above all, the same clear perceptions of the practical truths of the gospel, which characterized the reformers of the sixteenth century. And although the light which he struck out, was obscured after his death, it yet contributed more than that of a morning star, toward ushering in the dawning day of the reformation.
At the age of sixteen we find Wycliffe a cominoner at Merton College, Oxford, where he complete:1 his public education. It was here that he acquired that mental discipline, and that commanding power in extemporaneous discussion, which one of his most releniless foes affirms to have been almost superhuman.
“The years of his minority had scarcely departed, when the nations of the earth began to droop under one of those afflictive vis. itations, which the conscience of mankind has ever connected with the peculiar displeasure of the Almighty." " It was in the year 1345 that a pestilence, the most destructive in the annals of the world, appeared in Tartary," which in the course of its desolating march swept over almost every spot of the habitable globe. This fearful calamity seerns to have made a salutary and indelible impression upon the mind of Wycliffe. But he was disappointed in looking for any signs of repentance in the uugodly world around him. Hardened, rather than subdued by suffering, they seemed to spurn the heavenly monition. And such was the hopeless corruption of the times, that he regarded it as indicating the rapid approach of the last days; and published his views in a tract on that subject in 1356.
Four years subsequent to this, he acquired great celebrity by certain publications, in which he exposed the hypocrisy and vices of the begging friars, a class which, to some extent, had already become the object of popular disgust.
In 1372, at the age of 48, he was appointed to the professorship of Theology at Oxford, a circumstance which evinced at once the high estimation in which he was held as a man, and as a scholar. Here we find nim strenuously inculcating the peculiar doctrines of revealed religion, and appealing to the long neglected word of God as the only standard of truth, and rule of action.
Two years after this appointment at Oxford, he was honored with another by the king, as one of his delegates to remonstrate with the Pope against his ambitious claims from the English throne. During this mission, his negotiations with the Pope's nuncios allowed him to examine more narrowly the character of a court, whose pretensions to infallibility he was already disposed to question. It disclosed to him some of the unexpected enormities, which prevailed in the interior of this nominal sanctuary of religion. And the attacks which he had hitherto directed only against the infa